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.iv. we're pleased to be joined by an old c-span fav, doug brink lee, whose most recent book is this, cronkite. one word. doug brinkley, if you had to describe walter cronkite's influence in america, how would you do it in 20 wards or less? >> the most trusted man in america -- there was great pressure to be called the most trusted man but he carried our can you go country through the things lick gemini and mercury and the voice threw the civil rights movement, vietnam war, watergate, nixon's resignation, the birth of earth day, the person who brought begin and sadat together which led to the camp david peace accord. in broadcast journal jim, it'sed world're murrow, walteron tight, and local thomas. >> host: how did he get to be that guy? >> guest: he was a good wire service reporter, and the wire service for the united press you have to condense the stories. you're given about a thousand words and you can't but a lot of adverbs and adjectives in it. so he learned how to write unknowingly the wire service was the perfect for television where you only have 15 minutes within a half an
think the americans to be a bit more courageous with the government. [applause], >> doug brinkley, has risen book is this "cronkite." one word. if you have to discuss what toot i in america, how would you do w it in 20 words orar less? >> 20 words or less, most trusted man in america became his word.sure to b os was great pressure to be m called the most trusted man, bua he carried our country through things like mercury and gemini m and apollo missions had their heyday. he was the voice of the civil rights movement to the vietnam war, watergate, nixon'spers recognition. he was the person who brought menachem begin in and were sar h that together come which led to the camp david peace accord. so some of broadcast journalism, the big three are edward murrow, walter cronkite and mold thomasd >> how did he get to be thatwire guy? >> he was a good wire serviceteu reporter. the wire service for the uniteds press county had two condenser a stories. you are given about a thousand so words in your camp at a lot of adverbs and adjectives in it, sl he learned howy to write a unknowingly, though
. >> i spoke with doug about this by the way. according to the former fbi agent, the fbi had a wiretap on the hone of saul and billy walker and the stick to the conversation between doug and richard aoki. doug and richard were fellow students at brusquely high in the mid and late fifties. subsequent to that, the fbi approached richard and asked him if he would become an fbi informant, and the documents that were released from the informant files are consistent with that. they contain references to richard aoki associating with certain people during the late 50's, and they showed if he was approached at least by 1961. and these documents, which the fbi tried very hard to cover up and were released only as a result of the court order turnout to have the initials in the bottom, so they are consistent in the essential ways and what these documents show is starting in 1961, richard aoki became active in the various left-wing groups in putting the young socialist alliance and the socialist workers party, leader the vietnam committee, the asian-american political alliance world war strike and
outcome might be. please, give a commonwealth club welcome to joan walsh. [applause] >> thank you, doug, thinks everybody. i told my best friend that's here tonight that i was nervous about this. i've been doing all sorts of things and not getting nervous, and i told trevor -- i tweet a lot -- and someone reminded me that yesterday was the 80th anniversary of fdr most important speech at that point in his life in 1932. he was running for the presidency and he came out and sent a big defining difference between him and herbert hoover was that he was really going to use dhaka government to help people and get us out of the great depression. so, no pressure there. [laughter] i was nervous before, but then hearing that, whatever. that's a piece of cake. >> i get a lot of laughter. every time the title was mentioned, people chuckled, and chris matthews said today and he chuckled and said that is just a funny title even though he said it like nine times it's funny every time. that's okay. and i realized that there are three actual meanings to the title, and i am only getting to talk about one
contact with the fbi was a result of his friendship with doug walker at berkeley high i believe. in the context of the fbi tapping the phone, can you give something of a time line as to when the fbi first made contact with aoki with regard to walker and how that worked itself out chronologically? as you probably know, in 1961 doug was called before the house un-american activities committee during the whole washing down the stairs operation. >> according to the former fbi agent bernie threadgill they have not -- this wiretap picked up -- they were fellow students at berkeley in the late 50s. the fbi approached richard aoki and asked if he would become an fbi informant and the documents released from richard aoki's informant files are consistent with them. richard aoki a city aiding with certain people in the 50s and he was approached by 1961 and these documents which the fbi tried to cover up and released only as a result of a court order turned out to have threadgill's initials. in d8bgill's initials. in the essential ways. and starting in 1961 richard aoki became active in var
happened between 1850 and 1861, quick tour. bleeding kansas, kansas-nebraska bill, steven a. doug los, the political compromise of the bill, and it's brilliant. if you want to know why steven a. douglas was known for his political brilliance, read about him in 1850. that's when he became the great steven a. douglas. now, he was forever in slow and rapid after wards because he in effect by promoting the kansas-nebraska act years later, and essentially ofuated what had been achieved in the compromise of 1850. that, too, helped radicalize northerners. the blood in kansas that came out of the kansas-nebraska act helped radicalize northerners. john brown, harper's raid and other abolitionist activity radicalized northerners, and so it would certainly be wrong to suggest the compromise all by itself somehow was all that mattered in that decade. these other things were partly offshoots of it, but, again, war would have come in 1850 without it. hi. >> i was wondering if it's tough to deal with hypotheticals, but if you could comment on compromise would have been different or would have happen
is christine and it's an honor to hear you speak. i have a son, doug was, who turned off the tv and mp3 player etc. and picked up your book a number of years ago. it truly helped him and reading. i am curious as to what the genesis of going to thrillers to historical fiction and also, and of course i'm quite happy about this, that uis have a very strong woman in each of your historical fictions. [applause] >> thank you. i was interested in theatrical architecture. i used to go look at theaters because of how beautiful they are and the atmosphere in the cathedrals but i very quickly became interested in how they were built. when you look at one of those european cathedrals, you do think, don't you, how did medieval people get those enormous domes up that high? they had no power tools, no power of any kind, no mathematics for constructing cranes, and so i became interested in how it was done. and eventually became interested in the society and produced the great cathedrals. the question on my mind, i think it strikes everybody why are they there? why did people want these enormous buildings? i b
returns and then it turned out no, he had lost. the same thing happened to doug wilder of virginia, david dinkins in new york and even when they won they pulled the actual results on election day and the polls came back and said they had a good excuse. people are lying to us because they don't want to tell us. by the way if there is ever an election that has the bradley effect operating this would be it. somebody called in and said from michigan, he brought, romney yarn side and -- yard sign and his wife city can put that up. people will think we are racist. that is what the argument is. we must purge our white guilt by reelecting a competent white president. in the exit polls in 2004, and don't know if you remember that. i certainly do. by 3:00 p.m. they assured that kerry had won in a landslide. always the most accurate polls, he turned on the tv and all the conservatives on tv looked like their dog had died. liberals giggling and happy. i knew it didn't come out that way. in new hampshire, i don't need to run through all of them but bob smith was supposed to -- haranguing him telling h
doug. >> the last female fighter pilot over iraq. see how it was to be a sniper on christmas day in iraq. the book is truly one of a kind. not only do you have stories on the battlefield and bullets whizzing by your head, you're going to read the stories of their family. they're truly gut-wrenching. >> the american people want to know more about how those served after 9/11. >> over the last few months we have received amazing, humbling feedback about the book. thousands of people have written in. >> so we started patriot week, it's a campaign that now from saturday, all the proceeds from our book go to eight amazing veteran organizations. they're the ones doing the heavy lifting, they help veterans transition from the uniform to civilian life. they support the families of the fallen. those who paid the ultimate sacrifice who need our help today ins' and the years to come. >> if you are watching this video, you're already helping. this book is 100% nonprofit. all of our proceed goes to military veteran organizations. but exclusively organizations will get -- if you participates. >
] >> how much time do we have? [laughter] first of all, jim mcdoug l is kind of a weird person. he has a lot of psychology abnormalities, and he is very manipulative, and, you know, when he proposed the white water deal, bill was not interested at all. hillary clinton thought was a great idea. it was basically her idea. jim is sick. susan, his wife, was an incredibly suffering person who never betrayed her confidence in and trust in the clintons. and she was treated scandalously by kenneth star who her e man kled and put her in solitary confinement. it was the horrible in which he treated her until she was able to get out of jail. james carville everybody to stand to talk about him, who is probably won an academy award. [laughter] i'm not that person. the the last? i'm sorry. that is the most trackic event one can conceive of. vitamin sent foster and west hubble and hillary clinton were best friends in the law firm. it they had lunch every day. west and vitamin sent protected her when the law firm was accusing her of taking too much time to do politics. she used to call him [inaudible]
on the most trusted man in america. he was keen and fair-minded but seven cisco chronicle. do i like? doug is a graduate of the ohio state university and georgetown university and to the eternal glee of those of us who live there, a resident of austin, texas. [applause] even if he didn't have to travel far from home to be with us, please join me in welcoming the great douglas brinkley. [applause] the question is, given everything that's going on in the world, the evolution and revolution in the media, which we consider to be our business, why cronkite now? well, the part of the reason that i decided to write on him was because of the collection here at the briscoe center at the university of texas at austin. i believe he did a book on conversations of cronkite. but this is the grand central station of cronkite studies at ug. as a resident here in austin, texas with three kids. i thought what a great place to do research because i can just drive down the road. that was one reason. a more substantive reason is i am the historian for cbs news right now. so i'm constantly -- i was just in new
the serbs said wait a minute, are your meetings constantly infiltrated by mubarak's doug's? are they on the street corner right before you get there? the egyptian said yes, yes. that's because you run your movement like the democratic uprising. it's actually a nonviolent guerrilla movement. he said military. to succeed in predator regime come you have to approach it almost like a military operation, just about guns. i should say the bred away, right there in the name has to be nonviolent. it's not because they're pacifists. this is a numbers game here between 1,902,005, does uprisings that were violent, 60 to 25% of the time, nonviolent uprising, 60 to make 75% of the time. >> you have what could be seen as the misfortune or great fortune of having your book come out when the story you're writing about was very much in a fluid situation unfolding at the time. it's a good situation for the book because it brought attention. on the other hand come a step to keep track of a moving target. a lot has been happening since you finish the book. you wrote in the book today, egypt
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